Part Five: Bal-mer Lunch (continued). After much bantering between Mike and Tim in Mike's car, Olga had had enough. She turned around and screamed, "Look, you chowderheads, if neither of you shut up within the next ten seconds, then you're walking it. Understand?" Mike and Tim's mouths dropped open and all they could do was stare. Alice just couldn't help herself from laughter. For a few moments, there was an awkward silence but Mike broke it by saying, "Olga, honey, I promise to be on my best behavior for the rest of the day. Of course he had to add a grin for emphasis. Olga couldn't stay mad at him for very long when he looked like that. "That goes double for me, Olga.", Tim helpfully replied. "Well, thank you, Tim. I knew you would come to your senses sooner or later.", Olga laughingly answered. "Uh, Olga how would you feel about baby-sitting Tim every so often?", Alice asked. "Uh, Alice, sweetie, I will behave!!!", Tim replied. "That gets him every time.", Alice replied. Olga and Mike were killing themselves with laughter at this point. So, after everyone calmed themselves down, Olga was about to start up the car when she noticed something was missing. "Mike?", she asked. "Yeah, what's up?", he answered. "Where are the keys?", she asked. "Keys?", Mike dumbly asked. "Yeah, the keys for the car. If I don't get them, then we'll all be walking.", Olga said. "I'm glad we didn't make reservations at Pepe's.", Tim interjected. Alice turned around and warningly said, "Tim!" "Okay, okay.", Tim answered in defeat. For another minute Mike was digging through his pockets. He finally found the keys in one of his shirt pockets. He took them out and handed them over to Olga. The electric currents were there again between them. However, since they weren't alone, they quickly broke off the contact. Alice and Tim just smiled at each other knowingly. Then they were finally off. Olga was a pretty good driver and she had practice driving the Baltimore streets when Tim secretly let her drive one of the detective's cars. Everybody was chatting away about work and family life. When they got to the intersection, Olga turned on the radio. "You don't mind, anybody, do you?", she asked. "No, play away.", Tim replied. "Fine by me.", Alice said. "I could listen to the radio forever, honey.", Mike said. "Uh, thanks and I'll see what I can find. She was lucky that there were no pedestrians. The station Olga picked was a soft rock station. The song that was playing was "Wildfire" by Daryl Hall. Olga loved this song. The lyrics meant so much to her: "I've got this Wildfire that's in my soul, Everyday, it won't let go. This wildfire, that's in my soul, It's burning deep, burnin' burnin'. Wildfire, it didn't take long. All my life, is not too long. This wildfire that's in my soul, It's burning deep, burnin', burnin'." Olga was starting to hum along and then Mike took his hand and placed it on her shoulder while leaning over. Then he whispered, "Honey, I couldn't have said it better, myself and then he kissed the area behind her ear. She was close to losing it but thank god that Mike's car had both an air bag. Then he leaned back and just grinned the rest of the way to the restaurant. A few minutes later, they were at the restaurant. The car was parked and then Tim got out to help Alice out of the car, while Mike did the same for Olga. Tim put his arm around Alice's waist and then walked along while Olga took Mike's hand and called out to Alice and Tim, "You two go ahead. I have something to *discuss* with Mike. We'll catch up with you in a few minutes." "Alright but don't take too long, I've got a pregnant woman here to feed.", Tim teased. That got him a playful punch in the arm. Tim and Alice were quickly on their way. Finally, Mike and Olga were left alone in the parking lot. Olga dropped her hand from Mike's and then she put a finger to his lips. Mike closed his eyes and breathed deeply. Then Olga removed her finger and placed her lips on Mike's. She put one of her hands on his shoulder and the other on the small of his back. Mike put his arms around her waist and pulled her close. She could smell the intoxicating scent of the Preferred Stock cologne. Mike was being swept away by her White Charlie. Eventually, Olga put her hands on both sides of Mike's face. Then they started to kiss. The kiss started out slow and gentle. They were tentatively exploring each other's lips. Their bodies were gradually moving closer and closer together. The fit between them was perfect. Eventually, the kiss deepened and got more intense. Suddenly, Mike pulled away, leaving Olga absolutely breathless. "What's the matter?", Olga asked. "Uh, I think we need to slow down here. We've only just met.", Mike replied. "You're right. I'm sorry if I came on a little too strong.", Olga said with yet another blush creeping into her cheeks. "You look so beautiful when you blush.", Mike said tenderly which caused Olga to get even redder in the face. Then he titled her chin up and kissed the top of her forehead. Olga leaned forward and closed her eyes. She swore she could hear his heart beating as fast as her own. They reluctantly broke apart and then Mike said cupped Olga's chin and said, "I care way too much about you to ever rush you. Let's go slow and enjoy what we've got." "You are such a wonderful man and thank you so much.", Olga said and then she crept up on her tiptoes and kissed his cheek. Mike was lost again. They suddenly looked around and realized that they needed to join Alice and Tim. They walked over to the front door, entered the restaurant and looked for Tim and Alice. They found them over in one of the far corners of the room. There were four glasses of water on the table and Tim and Alice were doing some making out of their own. When they realized Mike and Olga were coming their way, they quickly broke apart. "Hey, don't stop on our account.", Mike said. Tim and Alice looked a little bit sheepish. "Oh, Mike, leave them alone. Let's sit, shall we?", Olga said. "Whatever the woman wants, the woman gets.", Mike teased as he held out the chair for Olga. Then he sat down next to her and gave her hand a reassuring squeeze. "So, what were you guys up to, out there?", Tim asked. "We're discussing something important.", Olga replied. "Oh, really?", Tim retorted. "Yes, really.", Mike retorted. "I swear that these two are worse than children.". Alice joked. "Gee, I never would have guessed.", Olga replied. At that moment, the waiter brought them their menus. After a few minutes of perusing the menus, they decided on what to order. Tim and Mike opted for steaks. Alice went for a salad and Olga went for the paiaya (sp?). Once their order had been placed, they started talking some more about what was going on in each other's lives. Eventually, the conversation swung around to Alice's, Tim's, and Olga's other four friends, Ben and K.C. Stone, Mike Logan, and Mare Morris. "So, I hear that Mare is in New York visiting Ben and K.C.", Tim said. "Yeah, she is there for a week. I hope she is having a great time. I wonder if she's bumped into Mike yet.", Alice wondered. "Who's this other Mike?", Mike asked. Olga went on to explain to him who he was and also who Ben and K.C. were. "So, I've got competition out there, do I?", Mike asked. Olga looked at him directly and intensely and said, "Not a snowball's chance in hell, sweetie." Mike started to blush. Alice and Tim knew that their friends were going to be together and that was it. "Well, I think I'll give K.C, a call tonight and see what's going on. Perhaps we can all hook up at some point before the week is over.", Alice suggested. "Sounds like a great idea to me, babe.", Tim said and then he kissed her on the cheek. Alice could only smile into his eyes and Tim returned the favor. "Can't wait to hear from them, myself.", Olga said and then she reached over under the table and squeezed Mike's knee. Mike breathed in very deeply and silently cursed under his breath. Then their lunch came. The food was delicious. Tim and Mike had some more beer. Alice had some spring water and Olga had some iced tea. "Guess, I'll be driving again, huh?", Olga asked. "Thank god these two have the day off. Otherwise, there would be nobody safe from them out there.", Alice retorted. "Hey!!!", Mike and Tim both answered. They continued on with their lunch talking and laughing away. Pretty soon, the lunch was over and they went to their respective washrooms to freshen up. Then they came out and Tim said he would pay the bill since it was Alice's and his treat. Mike said that he would pay for the next time. Then they left the restaurant and Olga drove them back to Alice and Tim's place. When they arrived, Alice asked Mike and Olga if they would like some dessert. Olga looked at Mike and while Mike was staring at her, he asked Alice if it would be alright if he and Olga took off. Alice and Tim said that was fine and that they would see Olga later. "Have a good time, you two and don't do anything we wouldn't do.", Tim replied. "Well, only a little breathing, Tim.", Olga retorted. With that, Mike backed the car out of the drive while Alice and Tim were waving away to the both of them. Once Mike got the car down the street, Alice and Tim went back into the house. Meanwhile, Mike and Olga were driving along. "So, what are we doing next?", Olga asked. "You'll just have to wait and see.", Mike said and as he did he turned slightly, smiled at her, and then stroked her arm. "Uh, is this going to take long.", Olga asked. "No, just close your eyes and we'll be there in no time.", Mike answered. Olga held him to it. *************************************************************************** Author's Notes Hot and heavy, huh? Bet you can't wait until part six. Well, neither can I! Happy reading and please let let me know what you think. I would like to dedicate this part of the story to Alice. She has been through a lot lately and she is definitely the inspiration and the catalyst for getting Mike and I together (from the last chapter). Anyway, this one's for you, Alice. ***************************************************************************
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